Ruth Barstow Dixon is the daughter of Edwin Ormond (E.O.) Barstow, who became the top chemist of The Dow Chemical Company during its formation. After graduating from college, she became a professional actress in New York, and retained her interest in theatre later in life by acting and directing in the Midland Theatre Guild. She married William R. (“W.R.”) Dixon, who held positions at Dow and was a member of the company’s Board of Directors, and had two sons. She is honoring her family by establishing this endowment.